# Definition of "ellipse" [el•lipse]

• (noun) A plane curve, especially:
• (noun) A conic section whose plane is not parallel to the axis, base, or generatrix of the intersected cone.
• (noun) The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal.
• (noun) Ellipsis.

## Use "ellipse" in a sentence

• "If the foci are identical with each other, the ellipse is a circle; if the two foci are distinct from each other, the ellipse looks like a squashed or elongated circle."
• "These foci are equidistant from the centre of the ellipse, which is formed as follows: Two pins are driven in on the major axis to represent the foci A and B, Figure 75, and around these pins a loop of fine twine is passed; a pencil point, C, is then placed in the loop and pulled outwards, to take up the slack of the twine."
• "Thus, if we correct the observed motion of the planets for these two influences, and if NewtonÂ’s theory be strictly correct, we ought to obtain for the orbit of the planet an ellipse, which is fixed with reference to the fixed stars."